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Summary of Plan Correction Programs

Common plan errors and the appropriate IRS or DOL program to use to fix them.

Plan Error:


Apply to:

Form 5500 late or missed filing


Late or missed deposits of employee salary reduction contributions


Participant loan failures (for example, loans that exceed the maximum permitted dollar amount)


VFCP (for certain failures - after using the EPCRS)

Failure to timely amend plan to keep it updated with changes in the law


Plan operational errors arising from the failure to follow plan terms (for example, an employee who meets the plan’s eligibility requirements but is not allowed to participate)


Specified plan prohibited transactions (for example, sales or loans between the plan and a party in interest)

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 13-Apr-2016